• Stop selling me love and show me traction

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    Love ≠ validation. Startups often struggle with how to differentiate between love and validation. Getting this wrong can lead you astray and quite frankly, makes you look naive. Investors don't invest in love, nor should you choose to double down on love. You need to showcase validation through traction and you need to make decisions based on validation. So, ...

  • What if people are simply choosing to regret less, is that bad?

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    I was watching Jane McGonigal's 2012 TEDTalk The game that can give you 10 extra years of life where she referenced The Guardian's article that outlined the top five regrets of the dying: I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me I wish I hadn't worked so hard I wish I'd had ...

  • Get Off the Praise Train and Start Making

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          I grew up surrounded by tinkering, making and creating. My father, brothers and community were always making and fixing anything they could get their hands on. I remember jumping on our bikes and heading out to the dump (I kid you not) to pick up scrap pieces for these creations. These were the days before ...

  • Canadians Needs to Stop Fighting Over Table Scraps

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    How can we as Canadians, in such a geographically expansive country extract similar value as the large, concentrated US ecosystems?  Can we as geography-based ecosystems thrive? How do we create the collisions, closeness and collaborations found in the enviable ~six block radius' of our neighbors? We can't, but we can adapt the model. First, we need a ...

  • The Real Dawn Unfiltered

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    It's funny, I set this blog up and even named it with a clear intention - to share my unfiltered journey in the hopes of inspiring or more realistically, commiserating! What have I done? I look back at one of my first blog posts I did on here and giggle a bit. How impersonal, accurate and ...

  • Intrinsic Hustle – What Nova Scotia Needs

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    There's much talk about what Nova Scotia needs. To me, it's quite simple. Nova Scotia needs scrappiness. You can get this one of two ways: 1. As an output of chaos, despair and hunger. Purposefully cut the proverbial cord or wait for the eventual downfall and force people to survive. 2. Find those who have this intrinsic ...

  • I am not a token, I just happen to be female

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    In my role as a venture capital investor at Innovacorp over the last year and a half, I have attended a fair number of conferences and events. From the start, I noticed many gratuitous mentions of "we need to get more women in tech," "we need more representation of women in VC," blah, blah, blah. Honestly, it ...

  • 7 Questions Interview Series: Angels and Venture Capitalists

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    The following post includes my answers to Chris Herbert and Mi6's 7 Question Interview Series: Angels and Venture Capitalists.  You can find the full version here.   When would it be appropriate for a startup to seek investment from you? Warm us up first; let us get to know you. Start with developing a relationship. The best investments are ...

  • What can you do Nova Scotia?

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    I'm not sure about you, but the graph below graph scares the shit out of me. It makes what I have been noticing real, and even worse than I thought. My generation is absent. Nova Scotia is in a decline and is losing its appeal, even to its loyal inhabitants. I see entire families leaving. Quality jobs ...

  • Stop Trying to Predict the Financial Future and Go Make It

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    -http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-05-08/- Let me start by letting you in on what may be a well-known secret – investors don't believe your startup’s financial projections and never use them as you provide them. The part of the secret that may not be as well-known is that early stage investors don't expect you to have it all ironed out right ...